Employers are generally prohibited from taking any deduction against your wages, unless required by law or are for your benefit and authorized by you in writing. Generally speaking, this prohibits an employer from making you pay for expenses you incur performing your job (e.g., tolls, tickets, broken equipment). This issue also arises where an employer requires employees to pay for required uniforms, as well as the expenses incurred for maintaining the uniforms. If you pay these expenses and your employer does not reimburse you by the next pay check, you may be able to sue them and collect the amount of money you paid in expenses, as well as an equal amount of liquidated damages for your inconvenience.
Further, if you normally make minimum wage, but are expected to pay for stuff you need to do the work, your employer is not really paying you the minimum wage and would be yet another violation under state and federal laws. If you would like to see whether or not this, or other labor law protections, may apply to you, please click the button below to take the anonymous survey below, and one of the attorneys at the Law Office of Michael W. Wynn will get back to you regarding your options.
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